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UFO. (Complete Series)


Published 1969


UFO is a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth, created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons Century 21 Productions for ITC Entertainment company. UFO was the Andersons' first totally live-action TV series. Despite the assumption of many TV station executives, the series was not aimed at children but was intended for an older audience; many episodes featured adult themes such as adultery, divorce, and drug use.



The year is 1980. Earth is being visited and attacked by aliens from a dying planet and humans are being covertly harvested for their organs by the aliens. The show's characters are members of a secret, high-technology international agency called SHADO (an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation) established to defend Earth and humanity against the mysterious aliens and learn more about them, while at the same time keeping the threat of an alien invasion hidden from the public.

SHADO's main headquarters is hidden beneath a film studio near London England. SHADO also has a base on the moon (Moonbase) and a fleet of submarines. Incoming UFO's are initially detected by an Earth orbiting satellite named SID (Space Intruder Detector). 

An initial interception attempt is made in space with three Interceptor craft launched from Moonbase. A second attempt is made in the Earth's atmosphere with a fighter plane (Sky One) launched from Skydiver. Landed UFO's are tracked down with ground Mobiles.


Run time 50m
Producer Gerry Anderson
Production Company ITC
Audio/Visual sound, colour
Language English

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Reviewer: aglaeser - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2016
Subject: see how 1970 imagined the 80ies and later
It's not exactly like encountering the original mythologic bird Phoenix, but if you watch this, you can say, you saw some real UFO's (in Videos), and aliens, too:

Episodes 1-13:
1. alien-assault and alien autopsy
2. recruitment of a test-pilot
3. UFO attacks moon-base
family-seance and alien kidnapping
cat-espionage and cat-bodysnatching
4. conflict over project-funding and space-junk clearance
alien-interferences with orbital flights
5. car-crash and UFO-approach, water-landing and sea-dive
another UFO-approach and interception
death of Straker's son
6. psychic problems, UFO-attraction and UFO-crash
surrealistic deat
7. psychedelic UFO-influence on astronauts
disputes and assassination-attempt against Straker
bomb-threat against moon-base and suicidal explosion
pressure-drop and death-duel
Foster's psychiatric treatment and psycho-analysis
Straker's revenge and final test
8. sub-marine based sea-borne action
features interception- and rescue-flights
mysterious and thrilling as ever
9. naval UFO-takedown
strange weirdo-action and UFO-interception
nerve-gas disposal and UFO-interference
final UFO-interception
10. UFO-landing on earth
UFO-search activities
attempted kidnapping and murderous shooting
explosive UFO-blowup
corpse-finding in UFO-remains
search for the alien
alien shot dead
amnesia-drug sets things straight again
11. space-surveillance-probe proposal and acceptance
probe-launch, moon-orbiting and space-walk
UFO-approach, interception and -tracking
deep philosophic insights
12. mysteriously thrilling policeman-killing by strangulation
attack against Straker by hitchhiker
psychic influence and control
psycho-electric fingerprints-theft and -killing
search for unlocated UFO
unconvincing impersonation and search for the intruder
submarine-submerge and suicidal sabotage
advanced theory on mental disorder and theory of everything
love interlude
psychobombs-evidence and electric death
13.death by pressure-drop
search for the reason and space-funeral
search for the UFO on moon
UFO-finding and inspection
interceptors lauch and strike
UFO-crash
alien arrest of Foster's
Foster's rescue, alien shot dead

It is quite nice to see super-fancy outfits and set-design, also has some psychologic psychedelic- and mystery-elements.
Also has some awareness of the meta-level and reality-management with the public and enough strange humour.
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